Summit Art provides workshops for artists of all abilities, and in all visual art mediums, throughout the year, at various locations in Lee’s Summit and the Kansas City metropolitan area. If you are interested in being an instructor for a visual arts workshop, please contact Summit Art. Check back here often for information on upcoming workshops!



“Plein Air Painting Without Borders”

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – June 9-11, 2023 – Location: Missouri Town 1855 – SOLD OUT!

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday – June 12-14, 2023 – Location: Crestview Dairy – SOLD OUT!

COST: $475

Patrick Saunders

We are so fortunate to have this distinguished plein air artist join our Summit Art Plein Air Festival as Judge and Workshop Instructor in 2023!

Explore the essential techniques for painting from direct observation (en plein air) with award winning artist, Patrick Saunders. Learn to paint any subject, from the most simple to complex with one approach. During this workshop, we will use the landscape as our subject, but the same approach can be applied to a still life, portraiture, etc. Patrick will demonstrate the process of simplifying the subject and moving to finish as rapidly as possible in order to add more energy and excitement to your painting. Students will learn about composition, value, texture, color temperature and accuracy in paint application.

Oil and Acrylic painters of all skill levels are welcome to this workshop. Sorry, we will not be focusing on watercolor.

Each day will begin with a short lecture and full demonstration, followed by one-on-one instruction. The day will end with a group critique and individual goal setting.

This class is highly tailored for each individual student, and all levels are welcome. Class size is limited, so that each student can receive the maximum amount of interaction with the instructor. A suggested materials list will be provided prior to the class.

Cancellation Policy: Included in each workshop is a non-refundable $100 registration fee. Cancellations 30 days prior to the class receive a full refund minus the $100 registration fee. Cancellations within 30 days of the class only receive a full refund minus $100 processing fee if a replacement can be found to fill the open spot.

Student Workshop

Area high school students, by recommendation of their art instructors, are invited to join us for this workshop, “Introduction to Plein Air Painting” at Powell Gardens, Saturday, May 6, 2023, noon to 3pm. ALL STUDENTS must have permission from their art instructors and their parents/legal guardians before submitting an application to participate. This workshop is FREE to participating students. Students are responsible for their own transportation. Parents/legal guardians are welcome to visit Powell Gardens during this workshop, but must pay all entrance fees to the gardens.

“Painting Light & Atmosphere” Workshop with Farley Lewis – April 2022 – held at Crestview Dairy